360 Video for Facility Surveying

April 10, 2016 jordan No comments exist

Overview of Business Model:

A client would hire our company to provide a 360 video rig and an operator to survey a site solo or possibly with a manager to provide commentary of the site survey. The footage would then be taken back to our facility to be rendered and the GPS data to be linked to the site plans.

 

Due to the large file size sending the 360 video over the internet may not be possible therefore the video could be delivered on a portable HDD and hosted on the clients intranet.

 

The client could then view the 360 degree footage on a computer with propriety software which would feature a display of current location within the site or building so the viewer can select a section to view rather than selecting what to view based on time and having to fast forward or rewind. The viewer could also pause and zoom on a certain area allowing the client to do security, electrical wiring or building status reviews remotely.

 

 

Key Features:

Combining high precision GPS coordinates with a google maps street view of the facility plans and is linked based on time to the 360 degree video as it moves around the building. Using similar technique to wifi site surveys.

 

Can be viewed on a computer for UHD video that can be paused and zoomed in. Streamed on a phone for convenient viewing or VR googles for an immersive experience.

 

 

Considerations:

Deciding on rig type between two cameras with 220 degree lens or 6 cameras in a 6 face rig.

 

Dual cameras with 220 degree lens

-Advantages of two cameras with lens is the simplicity of two cameras, smaller file size and less stitching make can be very obvious.

-Disadvantages of the two cameras is image warping  and lack of video quality due too only two video sensors.

 

6 camera rig

-Advantages of the 6 camera rig is the ability of buying cheaper cameras while not sacrificing video quality, camera rig can be 3D printed and modified to suit needs, much higher video size allowing higher better quality and higher overlap for more natural field of view.

-Disadvantages of the 6 camera rig is that the file size of the video is massive and the need to use resource intensive rendering, higher cost.

 

Approach:

Use a 6 camera rig with cheap alternative to Gopro which is a YI Cam which cost around $90 AUD, therefore the rig would cost around $600 AUD.

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